When you work in the medical field as a nurse it is a very rewarding career. Having a passion or desire to take care of the sick or needy is a clear choice to pursue a career in nursing. As an individual who has this passion I understand the benefits and heartfelt content that comes with being a nurse. There are many men and woman out there that share the same passion and kind heartedness that I have. They are rewarded with smiles and hugs and from knowing they helped an individual or family through a hardship or sickness.
R.N.s or Registered nurses are the professionals who specialize in the care and support of patients in various medical settings. They perform a variety of tasks from assisting doctors, administering medications, and monitoring patients. To get more insight on being an R.N., or Registered Nurse, I got the chance to ask an R.N. who works in a hospital setting a few questions about her career. I first asked her what led to her interest in nursing. She proceeded to tell me that she had a younger brother which had severe asthma and numerous allergies and that he required lots of care from her and her parents. She was always on her toes with him and always had to worry about if he had an attack and grew to love helping take care of him. She stated when you start out caring for someone medically and you know you have to you grow to love knowing you are one of the ones in which whom could possibly save their lives, especially since it was her younger brother and she knew she would never let anything happen to him. She also told me that when she was in high school she worked in a nursing home as a volunteer and during that time knew she was destined to help people.
Nurses have many directions into which they can choose to go in their career. Educationally there are three ways you can take your career. These three paths are: BSN or Bachelors of Science in Nursing, an AND or Associate of Nursing, or a diploma program. The top goal is a BSN which is offered at large colleges or universities and typically are four year programs. Next is the AND program, this is available at community colleges or junior colleges, which takes two to three years to complete. Last there is a diploma program that is offered at certain hospitals but is not typically offered anymore, this can take up to three years to complete if you can find one.
Individuals who choose to complete a BSN degree have more training in areas that are becoming more of a problem in today’s world. These degrees offer more clinical experience in non hospital settings and help prepare you for better wages and just plain better jobs. One in which whom completes any of these three program options gives themselves a path to any entry level position as a staff nurse.
I also asked my interviewee about what it took for her educational wise to obtain her degree. She told me that she went straight from high school and obtained her C.N.A license. She received her training from...